Top security professionals share expertise on protecting against cyberthreats and breaking down silos in the profession
Atlanta, GA (14 September 2022)—Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2022, the annual conference of ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, closed day two in Atlanta, GA. Concluding the afternoon of Wednesday 14 September, the event features an extensive program with more than 200+ education sessions, daily keynote speakers and general sessions, and a show floor with more than 400 leading innovators from the security industry.
Tuesday’s keynote speaker, acclaimed cybersecurity expert Jake Williams, also known as “Malware Jake,” discussed how the silos that exist between physical and cyber security communities need to be addressed head on. “We have to stop thinking cybersecurity is separate from physical security. Security is security,” Williams said in his presentation, ‘Validating Security Control – Taking “We Think” to “We Know.”’ He emphasized that having an IT team that knows how to properly check the existing tech and create the correct protocol when things go wrong is a necessity to keep any organization secure.
On the GSX Cybercon Stage, the session panelists in ‘If You Don’t Have Physical Security, There's No Need for Security!’ reiterated a number of the the points made earlier in the day by Jake Williams. “There is an adversarial relationship between those in cybersecurity and phsyical security that does not need to exist,” said panelist Andrew Peden, CEO of L5L Solutions. “The security profession, as a whole, needs proactive and courageous leaders who are willing to break down those silos.” Peden underscored the importance of focusing on the impact of cyber-physical security, saying $50 billion worth of cyber-physical security attacks are anticipated in 2023.
Tuesday’s Game Changer session titled ‘Become the Threat’ featured Sherrod DeGrippo, VP of Threat Research and Detection at Proofpoint, who addressed how to minimize data breaches and get inside the mind of a hacker. DeGrippo invited attendees to design their own phishing attack: considering who they would target, what kind of information they would seek, and what the end goal of such an attack would be. These kinds of exercises can make security professionals – or anyone else with an email – better at spotting unsafe emails.
On Wednesday, 14 September at GSX, Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (MLEAD) honors the individuals who make our communities and world a safer place. As a thank you for your service, all law enforcement, military, and first responders receive a free one-day pass. During Wednesday’s General Session there will be a commemoration for both 9/11 victims and two Cobb County (Georgia) sheriff’s deputies, Deputy Marshall Samuel Ervin, Jr., and Deputy Jonathan Randall Koleski, who were recently killed in the line of duty.
Highlights from sessions upcoming on Wednesday include:
- Bombing Prevention Resources for Mitigating the Use of Explosives and IEDs Against Critical Infrastructure, 9:45 a.m. (ET)
- A Pathway to Courageous Conversations General Session with Keynote Speaker Derrick Kayongo, Former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, 11:15 a.m. (ET)
- OSAC Travel Safety and Security Forum, 1 p.m. (ET)
About Global Security Exchange (GSX)
Global Security Exchange (GSX) is the world’s most comprehensive event for security professionals for more than 65 years. Meeting the needs of the global security community, ASIS designed an in-person and digital experience like none other in the security profession. ASIS International remains dedicated to expanding and enriching knowledge sharing, best practices, and peer-to-peer connections so security professionals across disciplines—and at all stages of their career—can get access to the information and resources they need to succeed. For information about GSX, please visit www.GSX.org.
About ASIS International
Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the world's largest membership organization for security management professionals. With hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS is recognized as the premier source for learning, networking, standards, and research. Through its board certifications, award-winning Security Management magazine, and Global Security Exchange—the most influential event in the profession—ASIS ensures its members and the security community have access to the intelligence and resources necessary to protect their people, property, and information assets. Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.